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Iowa City Expects to Keep 'City of Literature' Status After US Leaves UNESCO

The Trump administration announced Thursday it is leaving UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization, but Iowa City still expects to keep its designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. City of Literature Executive Director John Kenyon says he is "profoundly disappointed" by the decision, but he does not believe this will change Iowa City’s designation. "Our relationship is directly with UNESCO as a city," Kenyon says. "The designation was conferred upon Iowa City by UNESCO directly,...

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Iowa: A Place to Grow. Iowa Week October 9 - 13 on Talk of Iowa.

From growing food, to growing older. From growing problems to growing up in Iowa. We examine the ways in which Iowa has been, and is, a place to grow.

The Isiserettes

Mar 26, 2008

The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps, which descended from the Shriner's, is preparing to host their first national competition in Des Moines. We attend a practice session and a performance.

Olympic Dream

Mar 19, 2008

Iowa gymnast Shawn Johnson and her two Chinese-born coaches are hard at work to join Team U.S.A. at the Beijing Olympics. To observe this unique relationship, we visit Chow's Gym where a star is born. Editors Note: Of course, Shawn brought home numerous medals.

Soon after V-E Day, Iowa G-I's were invited to say hi to mom, in a special Mother's Day radio broadcast back home. Sixty-three years later, an emotional Gerald Pepper of Ames hears his voice as a young Army PFC, for the first time. The original WHO Radio recording was found at the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, at Wartburg College in Waverly. Sounds from May 1945, in Rosenheim, Germany. Note: Pepper passed away in 2011.

Everly family fan site

They lived in Iowa only about 8 years, but left behind a delightful recording from a Christmas broadcast in Shenandoah. We remember the Everly Brothers, on the passing of Phil, at the age of 74, on Jan. 3, 2014. This archival feature was first broadcast in 2007, when Phil was 7 and Donny was 9.  Sounds from 1946, 1957 and 1973, in Shenandoah and unknown concert locations. Recordings from KMA Radio and You Tube.

Iowa Oldies

Dec 12, 2007
WHO-TV

Sounds from the 1930s to 1980s from various Iowa radio and television stations. A sampling of programs and personalities that were on the air long ago. Recordings provided by the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, desmoinesbroadcasting.com, WHO-TV and a private collector.

Iowa's Music Man

Dec 2, 2007
The Music Man Square

It has been 50 years since Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" premiered on stage (Dec. 19th, 1957). Our sound portrait of this talented Iowan extends back to his early days in radio. Audio courtesy of The Music Man Square Museum, Mason City Foundation and KGLO Radio. Sounds from the 1930s to 1960s, primarily in Mason City and Los Angeles.

Andy Woolfries

Oct 31, 2007
WOI Radio / Iowa State University

One of Iowa's first broadcasting personalities remembers the dawn of radio and his arrest by doubters of the new technology. Andy Woolfries was interviewed by Doug Brown, during an on-air anniversary program marking WOI's 50th anniversary. Sounds from 1972, on WOI Radio in Ames.

Rick Fredericksen / Iowa Public Radio

Commercials, and an unusual marketing project from radio personality Arthur Godfrey, are featured in this nostalgic look back at memorable radio-TV ads broadcast in Iowa. Thanks to the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, the American Popcorn Company, the State Fair Museum, desmoinesbroadcasting.com and an anonymous collector. Sounds from the 1940s to 1970s, from broadcasters and production studios.

riverboatgallery.com

The Mississippi Belle II ended 16 years of riverboat gambling in Iowa, with an historic trip on Oct. 10th, 2007 from Clinton. Iowa Public Radio was there, along with hundreds of passengers, for the nostalgic cruise.

Chuck Offenburger

A one-of-a-kind roller rink continues to delight Iowans at Spring Lake Park in Greene County. In operation since the late '20s, the antique rink is extremely rare today. Most have burned down or been replaced. One name is forever linked to the rink; the beloved Noni Mylenbusch, who started playing the organ there before WWII. Sounds from circa 1980, recorded in Jefferson and unknown locations. Noni's recordings came from private collectors Don Dodd and Bob Wullenwaber.

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Alvvays (spelled that way because a band named Always already existed, but still pronounced "always") formed in Toronto in 2011, and released their debut album in 2014. Their new record, Antisocialites ​, is the followup. Songwriter and vocalist Molly Rankin occasionally plays fiddle as well, following in the footsteps of her father John Morris Rankin, who is a fiddler with the Celtic folk group The Rankin Family. Alvvays doesn't play folk music, though. The band's driving, melodic indie pop...

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Opera in October Continues with DMMO's "A Little Night Music"

“A summer night smiles three times," Madame Armfeldt tells her granddaughter. "On the young, the fools, and the old.” Sondheim’s tour de force musical comedy whisks us away for a weekend in the country where old flames rekindle and new love affairs ignite. The signature song "Send in the Clowns" along with elegant waltzes drive this bittersweet creation. Sondheim’s masterpiece won six Tony awards including best musical, script, and score. This production will feature the return of soprano...

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